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Derelict Little Wratting pub could become a Toby Carvery or Harvester-type pub and restaurant




Plans to demolish a derelict pub on the approach to Haverhill and build a new community pub and restaurant in its place have been welcomed.

The Fox, formerly known as the Rising Sun, in Little Wratting, which has stood empty for years, could be taken on by a Toby Carvery or Harvester-type chain, according to proposals submitted to West Suffolk Council.

Cllr John Burns, Haverhill mayor and West Suffolk Council ward member for neighbouring Haverhill east ward, said he was not able to make specific comments, but added: “I welcome something happening on the long-derelict site to provide much-needed facilities for those who will be living alongside it.”

The Fox on Haverhill Road has been empty and derelict for quite some years but a planning application has been submitted to replace it with a two story pub/restaurant.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33401206)
The Fox on Haverhill Road has been empty and derelict for quite some years but a planning application has been submitted to replace it with a two story pub/restaurant.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (33401206)

The area around the pub site is set to change significantly due to the planned Great Wilsey Park development, with new road layouts, a roundabout and 2,500 homes set to be built, meaning the new facility could serve a ‘potentially large population’.

A design and access statement, by Martyn Pattie, of MP Architects, says: “My client has interested parties willing to take on this proposal, which is to demolish the existing pub and develop this site.”

The new pub and restaurant could be built towards the rear of the plot, to allow for external dining.

The restaurant itself would have 60 dining and 32 bar covers, while on the first floor there would be staff changing facilities and a self-contained flat to be used by the staff manager.

The scheme affects an existing footpath, which Newmarket and District Group Ramblers group understands could become an off-road route for cyclists and pedestrians. The group raised no objection to the scheme and said a new pub could be deemed an ‘asset to the new community’.

The design and access statement adds: “The access to this public house and restaurant would now be good, considering the infrastructure changes and new roundabout adjoining this site. This will provide a much better and safer vehicular access to the property.

“Access to surrounding towns and for the emergency services is within a few miles, it is therefore in a good sustainable location.”


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